With an ever-increasing world population and growing pressure on the world's finite resources, the analytical skills of agricultural economists covered in this course are as relevant as ever.
This degree course is designed to provide you with rigorous, stimulating and enjoyable training in applied economics and quantitative and qualitative research techniques. This course will enable you to acquire skills to work as a professional agricultural economist in industry, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
• Consumer and Producer Theory • Economics of International Food Markets • Resource and Environmental Economics • Econometrics • Research and Study Skills for Independent Learning.
The course requires a substantial amount of independent reading, research and study and students are expected to take personal responsibility and show initiative in developing their knowledge and understanding of the field of study. In following this course students will also have the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills relating to communication, information handling, problem solving, and the use of information technology. Students will learn to work independently, under time pressures, and will learn to set priorities and manage their time in order to meet strict deadlines.
What career can you have?
Our master's courses are excellent preparation for careers in international and rural development, agricultural economics, marketing within the food chain and policy. We provide dedicated employability support through career workshops and have developed a personal and professional development module for international students. Engagement with a wide variety of visiting speakers and field trips provide many opportunities for networking. In addition, competitive internships, placements and a research dissertation provide opportunities to showcase your skills, undertake overseas field research or link with organisations in the development sector. Our graduates find employment within government departments, non-governmental organisations, international agencies, the media, academia and commercial companies. Some use a master's course to transition into a new career as independent consultants or as a study break from employment. For examples of organisations our graduates go on to please visit http://www.reading.ac.uk/giidae
'Coming from a background in agronomy and farm management, I joined the MSc. in Agricultural Economics to fulfil the will to pursue a career specialization in international agricultural and food economics. Studying at GIIDAE was an highly rewarding experience learning with an excellent academic body, in an enriching multicultural environment amongst colleagues from different backgrounds and experiences.
The flexibility between core and optional modules covering a wide range of contemporary topics related with economics, agriculture and development, trade, agricultural policies and the environment, enabled me to acquire a strong set of skills and knowledge about current world agriculture and food issues and their impact worldwide.
I particularly enjoyed how some of the topics discussed in class generated discussions extending long after school time, having a strong role in strengthening relations and building friendships. After this great year had come to an end, these relations and friendships evolved into an international network of friends and professional contacts that remain for live.
Now, equipped with these new tools, I feel fully prepared to embrace the career specialization I was seeking before the programme, in international projects related with agricultural and rural development or related with economic analysis and market research.
Now employed as rice research analyst in Geneva.'
Inibehe George Ukpong
'Studying at the University of Reading has been a fulfilled dream. I enjoyed a conducive learning environment; with excellent cordial relationship among students and lecturers from diverse countries and cultures. I also gained a wealth of knowledge and professional skills from dedicated and experienced lecturers who were always ready to attend to students.
The MSc Agricultural Economics course has helped me to gain a wider understanding of practical applications of economic concepts and policies to promote global agricultural development. It has also helped me improve greatly on analytical skills, econometrics and other professional skills to build upon my career. The study in general has been designed to address real life situations and concrete problems of agriculture and economic development in different parts of the world. Generally, the multi-cultural mix, and practical sessions of the modules have impacted positive changes on the character of my person, and helped me to develop a good team work attitude, presentation skills and self confidence.
Indeed, the University of Reading has been a great family; I will always like to associate in the future.
I am now an academic staff of a federal tertiary institution in my country; a job I will do with confidence having acquired such great expertise at Reading.'
'Studying at GIIDAE is a unique experience to thrive in a completely mulitcultural environment and an extremely enriching opportunity to learn from people all from all over the world.'
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply. Knowledge of microeconomics required, but strong applicants with little or no prior training in economics may be admitted provided they attend a pre-sessional course.
Recipient: University of Reading
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